Craig’s Corner – January 2019

Your 2019 dues ($20) are due! I am still working on the 501C3 for the Club. It is a little slower than I would like but we will get there. I am always looking to Club members to feature so if you would like to be that person, call me. We will have our first excursion of the year to my place on January 19, 2019, 9 till noon. Come join the conversation. We are looking for a destination for February, it could be you. We are always looking for a guest speaker for our meeting. If you have an idea, please let us know. Al Heatherwick is trying to put together a trip to Waterloo to the Deere facilities there. The amount of people will be limited so contact him if you are interested. It will be a 2-day tour. I have listed a number of activities coming in January thru March. Don’t stare at winter, come out and enjoy some activities. Don’t forget if you have an activity or something to sell you can call me or email to

2018 Christmas and New Year

Once again the Central Illinois Green Club held its annual Christmas Party. It is truly one of the best meetings of the year. The food was catered by Lestina’s Catering and as always it exceeded our expectations.  

The 2019 peddle tractor drawing prize was announced.  

The Winner of the 2018 Peddle Tractor Raffle was drawn.

The silent auction was a success as usual. Bidding was very intense for the pies and toys. As always, everyone left with a gift in hand, thanks to the donors. Many donors came forward to donate door gifts so that nobody would leave the Christmas Party empty handed. For their generosity, we would like to thank the following businesses:

Chebanse Grain – Calendars
FS Grain Calendars – Calendars & Hats
Country Chevrolet – Calendars & Hats
Scanlon – Shirts, Calendars & Hats
Dimond Insuranc – Calendars
Soil Biotics – Pens, Tablets & Letter openers
Herscher Bank – Hats, Tote Bags, Calendars & Frisbies
Dave Elliot Insurance – Calendars
Weber Printing – Tablets & Calendars
John Deere – 50 Calendars & 60 Hats
Union Hill Sls. & Serv. – Calendars
Quicks Mowing – 100 Key Chains
Stoller International – Calendars
Steiner – Hats & Shirts
Hubley’s Towing – Mouse Pads
Kankakee County FB – Calendars & Farmers Almanacs

December 2018 President’s Message

The CIGC Directors elections took place during our November meeting. Rich Von Qualen and Anthony Settle are leaving the Board and Rodney Schwark and Travis Hodgin will be joining the Board in 2019. An appointment of CIGC Officers took place resulting in the following:

President: Dave Wehrmann
1st Vice President: Craig Long
2nd Vice President Jim LaMore
Secretary: Ann Roach
Treasurer: Jim Moody
Asst Treasurer: Carol Churilla
Travis Hodgin
Harley Buente
John Evans Sr.
Bill Hengl
Chuck Quick
Jerry Snedecore
Mark Chapman
John Fulton
Mark Schwark

CICG members will meet at Rodney Schwark’s farm on Saturday December 8th for coffee and refreshments. We will see what Rodney’s been up to and what Christmas on the farm might look like. Afterward CIGC members may travel a few miles to the Warner Diefenbach’s farm to his Estate Sale. There are some interesting tractors and farm items for sale at 10 am. On December 15th CIGC members who are interested in the Barnyard Tractor Puller Series will meet at 8 am at the Zion Lutheran Church gymnasium at Chebanse. –– Craig

November 2018 President’s Message

We have several offerings of things to do for the end of the year. On Saturday November 17th, Jim LaMore will lead CIGC on a tour of F. Weber Printing Company, 450 N. Locust St., Manteno at 9:30 am. Frank has some interesting stories to tell about his father, Manteno, the Hart Parr and how he came to be in the printing business. The tractor will be the feature next year along with other Olivers at Will County Thresherman’s. Frank is a very good story teller. Those who are interested will go to Tony’s Pizza in Peotone for lunch. On December 8th we will meet at Rodney Schwark’s farm 12371 W 6000 S Rd., Herscher, for coffee and donuts at 9:00 am for a tour of his collection. Don’t miss this even if you were here last year, I am sure it has changed since then. On December 12th we will again celebrate Christmas at the Herscher Legion Community Center, 102 S. Oak, Herscher at 6:30 pm. We will have a silent auction and prizes to be given away. We will also introduce the 2019 Directors and Officers of our Club. Its not to early to think about what you may bring for the auction. Ann Roach is in charge of the evening. Please don’t hesitate to ask her what you can do to help. At this time Chuck Quick is out of the hospital and doing well. John Fulton is still in the hospital and Loretta says he is improving daily. Your good thoughts and prayers are appreciated. Lastly Katelynn Ohrt (KCC Ag) sent the following message with regard to our scholarship winner. “Thank you again for attending the breakfast this morning. KCC appreciates the Green Club’s support. The Green Club’s scholarship recipient is Piaget Felix. Piaget is a student in the agriculture transfer program.” Till next time. –– Craig

October 2018 President’s Message

I hope this letter finds you all safe and nearly complete in you Fall Harvest. This year has really presented a lot of challenges for all of us locally. There are many activities to partake in this Fall. Plow days for our Club as well as some others. The Saturday coffee and donut get togethers are coming too. If you haven’t already seen them, Ron Lukow has posted some pictures of our Ride the River. They are quite good. You can find them by going to: Ron Lukow’s Ride the River Photo Page.

Remember, if you collected money for RTR, we have Thank you letters to be delivered. –– Craig

August 2018 President’s Message

With only a few days left before Ride the River, there is still time to jump in here. We need sponsorships, riders and workers. I hope everyone has examined what they can do for the Club and feels the need to contribute. Recently we have added a ninth FFA Chapter in St. Anne, IL. We are now dividing by 9 all of the proceeds to the Chapters. It makes it that much more important to gather as many sponsors, riders and donations as possible.

On another note, I’m hoping everyone is having a great summer and has participated in some of the activities around us. Thanks to everyone who manned the Club trailer at Will County Thresherman’s and I am looking for whom ever may be taking it to Pontiac. The gathering of the Orange at Pontiac is a great opportunity for us to sell raffles and product there. Don’t forget that the 98th Herscher Parade is on September 3rd and you must send in an application. Some unfinished business of the Club will occur on Sept 2nd from 10 till 3 at the Herscher State Bank. The Wheels part of the Squeals and Wheels was rained out and our Club has agreed to help judge for them. No tractors this time as room may be an issue. Not long after the Labor Day has passed on September 8th we will be plowing at Rodney Schwark’s. Pray for rain and bring a plow and an appetite. I’m sure Rodney would appreciate some participation there. On September 9th is Ann’s tractor Ride in Beaverville and Pull in the Park in Chebanse starting at noon. I’m sure I have forgotten something but you all can remind me at the meeting August 15 in Bonfield. –– Craig

July 2018 President’s Message

By the time you read your July Greensheet, July and the Summer will be one half over. Green Club members have been very busy. A large enough contingent went to the Covered Bridge Ride in Rockville, IN that CIGC was again the dominant Club and won the Club award. I have to say that as many times as I have been there, this was one of the best. The weather was cooperative, the tractors moved along well and we saw some new territory. If you haven’t been in a while you should consider it for next year. A few Shows have already occurred including Thee Olde Time Farm Show. Let me tell you it was the hottest show of the season in many ways. It was a Deere year and featured John Evans, Jim Hubly and Denny Jepson as the remaining founding members. John and Nancy brought 14 tractors and several garden tractors. The lot included John’s numbered series 40 through 80 with a couple of 70 diesels thrown in. Several other Club members’ remarkable tractors were also in attendance. The saw mill was up and running as was the sheller. CIGC provided a shortened version of Tractor Games as it was so blinking hot. Thanks to Club members Jerry Long, Les Piper and Dave Wehrmann for helping me in the heat and thanks to our participants. On Sunday the tractor pull was the big news. And a big thanks go out to those who braved the heat to work in our tent. The Bonfield 4th of July was also hotter than a firecracker, literally. While waiting for the parade we all got a little shower compliments of Mother Nature. The parade goers were not scared off by a little heat and humidity. Check out our Green Club Facebook page to see some of the smiling faces. The tractor pulls were very good and lasted till after 6 pm. A good time was had by all. I&I and Will County are up next. I still have no volunteers to man the trailer at either event. So, we should be working on donations to the Ride the River event. We have room for many, many more. Jim Moody and Carol are keeping the records of donations and riders and meals. I will be sending out personal thank you cards to all who donate so please make sure we have an address and a contact for the donation. We decided at the June meeting that members could bring a water donation to the July meeting to help offset some of the cost. The Directors will meet for the last time August 8th at 6 pm at my residence to put the final touches on Ride the River. PS Thanks to Chad Miller at the Kankakee Farm Bureau Office for the front-page coverage of the RTR event in the Farm Bureau News Paper.

June 2018 President’s Message

This is the busiest time of the year for tractor enthusiasts. Covered Bridge is up first for me and several other CIGC members. Right behind that is the Olde Time Farm Show featuring John Deere. It will feature members John Evans, Denny Jepson and not a member but still a good guy, Jim Hubly. John is bringing his numbered series. Some other Club members are trying to build the 20 Series and 30 Series for display. It should be fun. I will need some help on Saturday at 2 pm as CIGC has agreed to present the Tractor Games. It should also be fun. On the heals of OTFS, the Bonfield Fourth of July Celebration will occur including the Parade, tractor show and best of all, the tractor pull. Last year’s event was a really good time and a lot of members participated in many of the events. I’ll have some flyers. Historic Farm Days in Penfield will be 8 days later featuring Oliver National Summer Show. This event is always a good time and features harvesting, plowing and 2 nights of tractor pulling. On July 14th the Herscher Squeals and Wheels event happens in downtown Herscher. The features are a Car Show which CIGC helps judge, tractors and a barbeque cook off. All monies are donated to local area charities. Come join the fun. Just a week later is Will County Thresherman’s at the Spies farm in Wilton Center, IL. There will be the Show and demonstrations, tractor pull and the 6th Annual Peotone Educational Foundation and Peotone FFA Tractor Ride. That’s a mouth full. The ride benefits the FFA from Peotone Schools. The Peotone FFA Alumni will feature a ride of about 34 miles leaving from WCTA’s site and ending with a pork chop dinner. The cost is $65 including lunch (additional lunches available ($15). Call or email Jim Robbins at 815-592-8293 or to reserve your spot. July 28th is the CIGC Ride to the Veteran’s. We will leave John Evan’s home in Bonfield and end at Manteno Veteran’s home. (I need someone to pull the trailer there). Come join us for lunch even if you don’t ride. Ride the River August 25th will frame our Summer. I still need volunteers to do odd jobs, nothing to strenuous just those pesky details. I need you guys and gals to step up a little on the Sponsors. Remember the reason we are doing this is to support our local FFAs. Smile for the camera and I’ll see you out there.  –– Craig

2018 Barnyard Class Tractor Pull Events

If you have an antique tractor and wish to participate in a tractor pull, we have put together a list of events that are hosting a tractor pull.  These events have classes for smaller traditional antique tractors and are quite a bit of fun to watch and participate in.  

Here is the most most current list of 2018 events for our area:  2018 Barnyard Tractor Pulls

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May 2018 Presidents Message

Summer finally arrived in a big way. I don’t know when I have seen so much corn planted in such a little time. Hopefully everyone will finish planting by the next meeting so we can have some Tractor fun. There will be shows, rides and parades all summer long. Come join the fun. On April 25th the CIGC Directors met at my home. We discussed the Greensheet newsletter after
Kathy’s passing. I spoke to Mr. Weber directly who assures me that Weber Printing will continue to be our printer and that other employees will be stepping up to make it happen. At the Directors meeting we also talked about the slow sales on the pedal tractor and hay wagon and that we need to step that up at the Shows in order to meet our goals. That topic brought out a discussion on the locations that the trailer will be for the summer. We are sure that the trailer will be at OTFS, WCTA, the Veteran’s home and Pontiac. We encourage anyone who would like to bring it to any of the other shows to let Craig know. Speaking of OTFS, we have agreed to provide the Tractor Games on Saturday, June 30th around 2 pm after the pedal tractor pull. We will need a few helpers to set up and run the games. We will again leave from John Evan’s Home for the Vet’s Ride, more will be said at our meeting on times. I also need someone to take the trailer. The remainder of the evening was spent identifying tasks and assigning duties for Ride the River. Many of the Directors will have several duties that Club Members can help with. We will talk more about that as we get closer to the Ride. Lastly, we talked about possibly having another swap meet at the Evans farm in the Spring of ‘19.  –– Craig